Cultivating in Dafa: Bitterness Ends and Happiness Begins
(Minghui.org) I am a 63-year-old Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) practitioner from Hubei Province and have practiced Falun Dafa since 1994.
Attaining a New Life
Since childhood, I suffered from many illnesses and was hospitalized for many years. When I was nine, I came down with acute meningitis and almost died. This illness resulted in “vascular headaches.” Since then, I haven't had a good night's sleep. I came down with other illnesses over the years and spent tens of thousands of yuan on hospitalization and medicines. Not only did I suffer, but I also brought financial losses and troubles to my workplace and family.
A classmate attended Master Li Hongzhi's (the founder) lectures in Chenzhou, Hunan Province in 1994. In a few days, her ovarian tumor disappeared and her pale complexion became rosy and radiant. Another classmate who had the same illness began practicing Falun Dafa. Within a few days, her ovarian tumor disappeared.
They came to the hospital to see me and told me their good news. I said I wanted to practice Falun Dafa and immediately obtained the book Falun Gong. I read the book from beginning to end that night and went to the city's only practice site to learn the exercises the next day.
One week later, my headache was gone, and I recovered soon after from all my illnesses. I could sleep through the night and eat any food I liked. I felt energetic and my face was rosy and radiant.
Master Li gave me a new life. I told everyone I met about the power of Falun Dafa. I understood the true meaning of life and the beauty and preciousness of cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Eliminated Attachments to Fame, Personal Interest, and Sentimentality
Jiang Zemin, the former head of the communist regime, launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, and implemented a policy of “Defame them, cut off income sources, and eliminate them physically.”
Because I did the morning exercises in the city stadium and distributed truth clarification materials in rural areas, I was expelled from the CCP and stripped of all official posts and my job. I received a paltry living allowance of 130 yuan per month.
My husband was a bureau-level official and was criticized. At the city's bureau-level meetings where Falun Dafa was slandered, my husband was told to sit in the first row, and a close-up of his face was broadcast on the city's TV news repeatedly.
I joined my classmates' rural spring tour. The mayor said at the city's public security conference that I was going to Beijing to petition for the right to practice Falun Dafa. My workplace built a cell and illegally detained me for more than 20 days, which caused great harm to me and my family.
My husband forced me to divorce him, claiming mental abuse. He did not leave me and my son a penny. At that time, my son was in his second year of college.
The police department sent dozens of people equipped with video cameras to surround my home for a day and a night in April 2014. I escaped and became homeless for two-and-a-half years.
After the divorce, the only property I had was taken away by my husband and his sister-in-law by fraud. They forged signatures and bribed the notary.
Despite all of that, I kept studying the Fa. I did not collapse but stood strong. I kept in mind Master's words: "It’s hard to endure, but you can endure it. It’s hard to do, but you can do it." (The Ninth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Over the next three years, I visited relevant government departments and notary offices and told them about the people who hurt me. I explained pertinent regulations to the notary worker, who was moved and apologized. The false notarization used by my ex-husband was revoked.
After the staff at the Housing Authority understood the facts, they instructed my ex-husband's sister-in-law, who occupied my homestead, to compensate me. According to the market price, I had lost more than 200,000 yuan. However, she cursed me, and only gave me 20,000 yuan. At that time, I followed Master's teaching: “You did not hit back or swear back.” (Lecture In Sydney)
I shook hands with her and told her that if I wasn't cultivating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I would never let her get away with not paying me the full 200,000 yuan that she owed me. Since I practice Dafa, I would like to thank her for giving me an opportunity to improve my xinxing.
As a 60-year-old single woman, my concessions and tolerance made the officials of the Housing Authority admire my actions.
Relatives Who Believed in Dafa Were Blessed
My mother, in poor health, retired at 40. When I became a practitioner, she was in her 60s. After witnessing the changes in my health, she often recited “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She also taught her elder sister, who was over 90, to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
I went back to my younger brother's house two years ago to visit my mother. My elder aunt happened to be there too. She was happy to see me and said, "I can recite the nine words now, and follow them!" I asked, "What happened?"
She said, “My younger daughter-in-law had not been nice to me for many years. When she had to look after me, she broke things like crazy and cursed me. I cried and wanted to die many times. In recent years, I was no longer angry with her—I tolerated her. When I couldn't sleep at night, I would sit up and recite, Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Now her daughter-in-law is good to her. Her son came to my house happily looking for Dafa books to read.
Over the years, I have been repeatedly persecuted. My son not only has never complained but supported me. He told his colleagues at his workplace facts about Falun Dafa, helped me to transcribe Dafa scriptures, and stored all the Dafa books safely when moving to a new place.
He has received great blessings. He is handsome and healthy and is paid a good salary. His boss and coworkers like him. To ensure my safety and to have a better living environment, he has changed jobs several times and now works in Shenzhen City. He has been married for seven years and is doing very well.
Master said, “...with one person practicing, the whole family benefits...” (Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia)